Welcome to Forest Friends

Nature Preschool for North Idaho


Our Mission

Forest Friends School serves kids ages 4-6 in the Coeur d'Alene,  Idaho area.

We believe in using the tools of nature and nurture to help children at this precious, foundational age grow.

Our preschool will be opening in Fall of 2021 - read on for more details. Be sure to get on our contact list for updates!

Our Program

A love of nature. A love of learning.


Play-based learning is our cornerstone. From our outdoor mud kitchen to exploration time to the Montessori-inspired math curriculum, everything supports your child's development.

Play, especially outdoors, allows young children to work through social and emotional development. Our teachers are there for guidance and "just-right" challenges.


We combine the best of playful, nature-based and child-paced learning with grounding structure and routines. 

Nature guides our daily learning and exploration. Books, art, traditional crafts, gardening, games, and songs are woven into our routines. 


Nature is a source of wonder, enjoyment, and learning to last a lifetime. Our students love learning local animals and plants and teaching their families about them!

A love of learning, respect for self & others, and respect for nature are core values that Forest Friends learn every day.

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